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From War In The Desert To 'Murder Ball On Ice'

This year, the men's U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey team is packed with Afghanistan and Iraq veterans, and they've found an outlet in hitting, slamming and speeding across the ice as fast as they can.
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NATO Pressures Karzai To Sign Troop Pact With U.S.

Without the deal, Obama told Afghan President Hamid Karzai this week that the U.S. will move ahead with plans to pull all U.S. troops out the country by the end of 2014. NATO plans to follow suit.
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Obama Tells Pentagon To Plan A Full Afghan Departure

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has refused to sign a security agreement that would keep U.S. troops in his country. Despite the pressure, Obama is giving Afghan officials more time to finish a deal.
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Obama: U.S. May Leave Afghanistan, But Door's Open To Staying

While the president told Afghan leader Hamid Karzai that the Pentagon will draw up plans to withdraw U.S. forces this year, he also said there's still time to finalize a deal that keeps troops there.
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Brit Released From Guantanamo In '05 Is Arrested In U.K.

Moazzam Begg was held by the U.S. for three years before being released from Guantanamo in 2005. He was never charged with anything. Now, British authorities are questioning him about trips to Syria.
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Taliban Break Off Negotiations On U.S. Soldier Held Since 2009

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been held by the Taliban since his capture nearly five years ago. He is thought to be somewhere in Pakistan.
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Marine Commandant Launches Offensive Against Bad Behavior

After 12 plus years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq, the commandant of the Marine Corps is taking stock of where the Marine Corps is headed as an institution. Gen. James Amos is examining issues from discipline and sexual assault, to how to keep Marines who signed up to fight engaged. During a recent visit to Los Angeles, Gen. Amos sat down with Renee Montagne to talk about his efforts.
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Afghan Prisoner Release Promises To Inflame Tensions

Strained relations between Afghanistan and the U.S. and NATO may only get worse this week. The Afghan government is releasing 65 prisoners, many of whom have been accused by the West of plotting and participating in terrorist activities. Robert Siegel speaks with Nathan Hodge of The Wall Street Journal to learn more about the rationale behind this release and what it might mean for Afghan security and diplomacy.
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Afghans Release 65 Prisoners The U.S. Deems Dangerous

The men were released over the strong objections of U.S. military commanders, who say the 65 include some who have attacked soldiers and civilians. But Afghan President Hamid Karzai says there isn't enough evidence to justify holding the prisoners.
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Who's Going To Be Afghanistan's Next President?

Eleven candidates are trying to replace Hamid Karzai in the April 5 election. Ten are Pashtuns, the dominant ethnic group. Candidates are already holding rallies, debating and wooing the support of tribal leaders. Here's a rundown of the top contenders.

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